Ideas and suggestions, updated weekly, that you can use to support and extend your own prayers.

This week's prayer suggestions (Mothering Sunday)

On this Mothering Sunday, please pray and thank God:

  • for parents, whose love and commitment is both example and gift for their children;
  • for grandparents, and all who help cherish and shape young lives;
  • for brothers and sisters, and all the richness of family life;
  • for children, and for those who support, protect and care for them ;
  • for our families, who share our joys and support us through times of trouble;
  • for our Christian family, who welcomed us in baptism and nurtured us in faith;
  • for all who taught us about Jesus and drew us into God’s family.

Lord, help us to live responsibly as part of the great human family on earth, and bring us to know that we belong to you, our heavenly Father, as part of the great family of your kingdom.  Amen.

The Lord's Prayer (Contemporary)

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

The Lord's Prayer (Traditional)

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

A Prayer for the Church

O God, in whose sovereign power rests everything in heaven and earth, take hold of your church today that, in every parish in this Diocese, we may be led humbly in the paths of holiness and boldly in the ways of witness, that many may be found as new disciples of Jesus Christ and learn to live joyfully in the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.